Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Average Entry-Level Dental Hygienists make around $30.81 per hour. Overall cash earnings of Entry-Level Dental Hygienists stretch from $41K near the bottom to $83K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $5K each, along with commissions approaching $10K in rare cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. In this profession, nearly two in five enjoy medical and dental coverage, and one-sixth have vision insurance, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Dental Hygienists. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,654 - $72,417
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MEDIAN: $50,838
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$22.51 - $40.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,654 - $72,417  
   
Bonus
$203.94 - $4,797  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $5,034  
Commission
$247.30 - $10,193  
Total Pay (?
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$41,082 - $83,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 735
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.51 - $40.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.64  
Overtime
$15.78 - $60.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$203.94 - $4,797  
   
Commission
$247.30 - $10,193  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $5,034  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,082 - $83,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,425

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Dental Hygienists include Family Dental, Aspen Dental, Heartland Dental Care, Pacific Dental Services Incorporated, and Dental Group Ltd. Pacific Dental Services Incorporated leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $83K.

Although Aspen Dental hands out the lowest average salary in town at $57K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $42K or as much as $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $62,685

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For Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+22 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Dental Hygienist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Red Oak:
"45 years in profession."
1.) Take care of your back. 2.) Profession does not have many benefits so think about what you want and expect out of a job. 3.) Hours are good but not a lot of flexibility for taking time off unless you have someone to cover for you. 4.) Usually no scheduled raises.

Dental Hygienist in Danville:
"Do Not Participate in Office Gossip."
Make an effort to get along with all co-workers. Never start or perpetuate office rumors or gossip. Understand that in a dental environment you will occasionally have to pick up the slack for someone else. You do what needs to be done to keep the office running on schedule even if it's not your official job duty. If you feel that you are doing this too often and your coworkers are not being team players (and nothing is being done by "the people in charge"), then maybe you should start looking for another place of employment because you will get worn out and start to resent your co-workers. As a result patients one way or the other, will not receive the treatment they deserve.

Dental Hygienist in Seattle:
"Basics."
All the information you learn during school comes down to some basic important items to look for and discuss with patient.

Dental Hygienist in Forest Grove:
"Don't Give Up."
You will be stressed with the time limit you have, but don't give up. Know what you are worth and what you are capable of and own it. Be confident and compassionate. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. Everything will come in time and you will get better and better!

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

Key Stats for Dental Hygienist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Dental Hygienist Salaries

restorative
▲39%

▲4%


▲3%

▲3%

▲2%

Local Anesthesia
▲1%

Cleaning
▲1%

Bilingual
▼0%

dental hygiene
▼0%

National Average
$63,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%

Dental assistant
▼2%

dental hygienist
▼14%

Orthodontics
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 44%
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